Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sania-Shoaib is no big deal

Mix and match
Sania-Shoaib is no big deal. marriages between Indians and Pakistanis are a common phenomenon though it is now on the decline for obvious reasons, writes S Khurram Raza

Former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza are now man and wife. The hullabaloo, intrigue and suspense are over. The dust has settled after many twists and turns. Hopefully, the saga that played out morning, noon and night on national television will now recede to the background and the young couple will finally be allowed to get on with their lives – and we with ours.

But questions still remain: is it game, set and match for Sania? Or, is there another double fault awaiting her somewhere around the corner? For one, Shoaib’s cricket career is in a bit of a limbo: he is currently serving a one-year ban imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He has lately been in the news more for his off-field activities than his on-field performances. So, will this marital liaison lead to a happy, ever after partnership or will it run aground like the sporting careers of the twosome? But when Cupid strikes, such questions, despite the obvious political, social and class issues at play in this affair of the heart, become wholly redundant.

This cross-border marriage between two sportsmen is the first of its kind in this part of the world. In the mid 1980s, long before 24-hour news television became an inseparable part of our lives, dashing Pakistani opening batsman Mohsin Khan, who also had a brief stint in Hindi films, married Bollywood actress Reena Roy amid a great deal of fanfare. The two have separated since. Mohsin now lives with his second wife in Pakistan while Reena Roy is in India with her daughter, Jannat. Ironically, Mohsin has advised Shoaib and Sania to be wary of the media. But away from the glare of the spotlight, many cross-border couples have over the decades gone about the business of making a success of their marriages. It is a common phenomenon although it is in decline today given the present climate of distrust between India and Pakistan.

Many Muslim families in north India got divided during the Partition. While some members of a family left for the newly carved-out nation abandoning their brothers and sisters in India, others refused to budge even as history cleaved the subcontinent into two parts. These divided family members continued to remain in touch with each other, eventually renewing their bonds through marriage between relatives and acquaintances across the LoC.

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IIPM Editorial, 2009

An IIPM and Professor Arindam Chaudhuri (Renowned Management Guru and Economist) Initiative

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